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Jon Pratt, Iron & Wine, Gal Pals, Kristin Diable, Robert Pollard, Tortoise   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

JON PRATT: Pate's frontman covers The Cure's "In Between Days" on a Craviola, along with a brief history of the instrument.

IRON & WINE advance streams Archive Series Volume No. 1.

GAL PALS advance stream the garage punk-y Velvet Rut.

KRISTIN DIABLE advance streams Create Your Own Mythology.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Alabama Shakes, JEFF the Brotherhood, Waxahatchee and more make the latest edition.

ROBERT POLLARD drops “Up And Up And Up” as the single from yet another solo LP this year.

PASSION PIT's “Where The Sky Hangs" has a bit of an 80s feel to it, methinks.

RAY CHARLES plays "What'd I Say" live; he recorded it on this date in 1959.

NOEL GALLAGHER talks to The Quietus about politics in music, Sleaford Mods, Morrissey, and Paul Weller.


JASON ISBELL talks about John Prine.

ROBERT CHRISTGAU excerpts Going Into the City: Portrait of a Critic as a Young Man.

BRUCE JENNER struck both cars in the crash that left a person dead, according to video from an MTA bus.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN & AMBER ROSE are having an epic Twitter fight. To paraphrase henry Kissinger, can they both lose?

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN was ‘high on the Xanax she had abused for years and suicidal’ when she was found face-down in bath,according to an ex-boyfriend.

GWYNETH PALTROW & CHRIS MARTIN spent Valentine's Day together with the kids.

PATRICK SCHWARZENEGGER got into one of those famous L.A. car chases, starting with a simple splash of water and ending with a 2-car collision.

UKRAINE: Under a near-constant barrage of artillery fire, Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels fought fierce street battles Tuesday for control of the strategic railway hub of Debaltseve, a battle impeding implementation of a peace plan.

THE ISLAMIC STATE has expanded its reach across the Middle East despite a U.S.-led bombing campaign that has killed thousands of militants and destroyed tons of their equipment. ISIS jihadis have burned to death 45 people in the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi.And they are planning a takeover of Libya as a "gateway" to wage war across the whole of southern Europe, letters written by the group's supporters have revealed.Also, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on The Atlantic piece I linked here yesterday.

IRAN and the US are inching toward a nuclear deal that compromises on initial demands that constraints on Iran's nuclear program last 20 years or more.

AFGHANISTAN: The Taliban continue to exact a heavy toll on poorly armed and trained policemen, who have been thrust into the front line of Afghanistan's insurgency.

TERRY THE TINY TORTOISE eats his first bean sprout.

AN ABANDONED DOG appeared to be crying when found tied up outside of a train station in southeast England last week, leading to photos of the heartbreaking sight to spread worldwide.

A SCORPION stung a woman on the hand just before her flight from Los Angeles to Portland took off.

INSECTS are affected by obesity and diabetes, just like humans and their pets, according to a Penn State researcher.

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Lesley Gore RIP, Dutch Uncles, Father John Misty, Tennis, Golden Lab   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LESLEY GORE, the singer and songwriter who scored a string of enormous hits in the early ’60s and who helped define the way that melodramatic teenage pop could sound, has died. Her longtime partner confirmed that she passed away from cancer at Manhattan’s New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She was 66. “It’s My Party” and  “You Don’t Own Me" are your Twofer Tuesday, but there's more at the first link. Also, the NYT obit, which somehow fails to mention Klaus Nomi.

DUTCH UNCLES advance stream O Shudder.

FATHER JOHN MISTY stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

TENNIS played a mini-set for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

MARSHALL CRENSHAW dropped back into The Bottomless Pit on WFUV.

THE JULIANA HATFIELD THREE drops "I'm Shy" from the upcoming Whatever, My Love.

SURFER BLOOD dropped "Grand Inquisitor" as a mystery single for the Joyful Noise label.

I WANT CANDY from The Strangeloves and a super-charged Bow Wow Wow for Twofer Tuesday.

SUFJAN STEVENS gets an in-depth profile at Pitchfork, including a stream of "No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross."

RAISING POPS: Mavis Staples And Jeff Tweedy Complete A Family Circle.

THE SEA URCHINS: James Roberts talks to Drowned In Sound about life after The Sea Urchins, his thoughts on nostalgia, the ‘vinyl revival’ and dispelling the myth of those Sarah Records feuds, or lack thereof...

1985 was in fact a terrific year to be a college DJ.

JENNIFER ANISTON & JUSTIN THEROUX have reportedly agreed on a prenup.

LADY GAGA is engaged to Taylor Kinney.

BRUCE JENNER claims he has known since the age of 5 that he was a female.  He also doesn't trust his family to not leak info about his sex change.

KANYE WEST made KIM KARDASHIAN update her entire wardrobe.

THE SNL40 AFTERPARTY looks like it was fun, including Sir Paul and Prince. There are also highlight clips including the Miley Cyrus cover of "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," which was better than anyone had a right to expect.


MADONNA has been deemed too old and irrelevant by the BBC.

CINDY CRAWFORD has had a new, leaked, unphotoshopped picture go viral.

LOUIS JORDAN, who crafted a Hollywood acting career in the footsteps of fellow dapper Frenchmen Maurice Chevalier and Charles Boyer and is best remembered for the musical “Gigi” and as the villain in James Bond pic “Octopussy,” has died at 93.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: What ISIS Really Wants.And why they're different from Al Qaeda.

EGYPT carried out airstrikes against Islamic State group targets in neighboring Libya on Monday and began a push for international military intervention in the chaotic North African state after extremists beheaded a group of Egyptian Christians.

IRAN: A U.S. offer would allow Iran to enrich uranium with 6500 or more centrifuges as part of a final nuke deal.

A GOLDEN LABRADOR was interviewed by the BBC.

ROCKET, a shih tzu co-owned by Patty Hearst, won its group at the Westminster Kennel Club show.

OLAF the CAT was found frozen to the side of a building. It was a triple-dog dare.

BRIAN the POLICE HORSE gets to keep his name.

A DISABLED RABBIT gets along on his front feet.

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The Pop Group, Screaming Females, Dan Deacon, Cat's Eyes, Sissy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 16, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LINE & CIRCLE drop a video for the jangly "Mesolithic."

THE POP GROUP advance streams Citizen Zombie.

SCREAMING FEMALES advance stream Rose Mountain.

DAN DEACON advance streams Gliss Riffer.

CAT'S EYES, ft Faris of The Horrors and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Zeffira stream the soundtrack to The Duke of Burgundy.

FATHER JOHN MISTY covers Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box."

THE SUBURBS dropped "Cupid" for St Valentines Day.

SAM ANDREW, who founded Big Brother and the Holding Company and recruited Janis Joplin  in 1966, has died at 73.There goes another piece of your heart.

STEVE STRANGE, lead singer of 1980s pop band Visage, has died aged 55 following a heart attack, his record label says. The Guardian essays his career.

BEATLES FOR SALE: A package of Star Club recordings is set to fetch six-figure sum at London auction.

BOB DYLAN says Steely Dan isn't rock & roll, praises Springsteen & downplays his Merle Haggard diss in a new interview.

BECK and the Incredible Shrinking Album of the Year.

WIN BUTLER scored a layup in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Fifty Sades of Grey unsurprisingly dominates the chart with 81.7 million, a little less than some predicted, but still the second-biggest opening in February after The Passion of the Christ, another adaptation of a well-known book. And it has already made almost twice as much overseas, against a 40 million production budget.However, abysmal reviews and a C+ Cinemascore leaves open the question ofwhether it's a one-weekend wonder.  Kingsman: The Secret Service places with 35.6 million, right in line with most predictions.  That's against an 80 million budget, but this one may be leggier.  The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water shows with 30 million and blows past its production budget.  American Sniper takes the fourth slot with another 16.4 million; with a 304 million domestic total, it's likely to wind up the biggest grossing movie released in 2014.  Jupiter Ascending rounds out the Top 59.4 million and a 32.6 million domestic total against a 176 million budget; ouch.

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH tied the knot with theater director Sophie Hunter on Saturday.

GARY BUSEY is the latest celebrity to get in a car accident in Malibu.

LEONARDO DeCAPRIO & RHIANNA continue to fuel dating rumors.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN's organs are failing.

LENA HEADLEY is expecting her second child.

JIMMY FALLON & JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE rapped their way through the SNL40 opening, icymi.But Nick Ocean stole the show.

GARY OWENS, the droll, mellifluous-voiced announcer on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" the voice of Space Ghost, and a familiar part of radio, TV and movies for more than six decades, has died. He was 80.

GEORGE WASHINGTON: Though now lumped in with everyone for Presidents' Day, tomorrow is the birthday of the "Father of his Country."  In 1776, David McCullough notes that when Washington took command in July 1775, he thought he would be home at Mount Vernon by Christmas. McCullough catalogs Washington's blunders -- many of them nearly fatal to the Cause -- but concludes: "He was not a brilliant strategist or tactician, nor a gifted orator, not an intellectual... He had made serious mistakes in judgment. But experience had been his great teacher from boyhood... and above all, Washington never forgot what was at stake, and he never gave up." That, as much as anything, is why Washington is usually ranked among the greatest of US presidents. not to mention the subject of a profane, animated rap cartoon.  

DENMARK: The Copenhagen police said on Sunday that they had shot and killed a man they believed carried out two attacks that left two people dead, one at a cafe and one outside a synagogue, and wounded at least five policemen.

CANADA: Two people were arrested at Halifax Stanfield International Airport and have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder after an alleged plot was foiled to kill a large number of people at the Halifax Shopping Centre in the city's west end on Valentine's Day.

FRANCE: As many as 400 Jewish graves were desecrated and marred with Nazi graffiti.

NIGERIA: A teenage female suicide bomber blew herself up at crowded bus station in northeast Nigeria on Sunday, killing at least 16 and wounding 30 others.

LIBYA: A new video released by ISIS on Sunday appears to show the militants beheading 21 Egyptian Christians kidnapped in Libya.

IRAQ: The Provincial Council of Anbar Province has announced that Iraqi security forces, tribal militants and local forces have freed the town of Baghdadi. OTOH, an Iraqi tribal leader said Saturday that ISIS militants are gaining ground in Anbar province, predicting a "collapse within hours" of Iraqi army forces there if tribal forces withdraw. Eight suicide bombers managed Friday to get onto a sprawling Iraqi military base where hundreds of U.S. Marines are training their Iraqi counterparts, but were killed by an ISF counter attack almost immediately.

SISSY walked 20 blocks to see her owner in the hospital.

TIGGER: Killed in a zoo security drill.

OWL CAPONE attacking joggers in Salem, Oregon.

ALLIGATOR BLOOD could help fight infections.

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Valentine's Day Eve, Sonny & the Sunsets, Carl Barat, Horse Feathers, Piglet   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 13, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with VALENTINE'S DAY: I've never been a big Valentine's Day guy, but I have always liked The Replacements' "Valentine" and Elvis Costello's cover of "My Funny Valentine."  Beyond that, my thoughts this year drift to the Velvet Underground's "I'll Be Your Mirror," The Beatles' "In My Life," and the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows." I think it's probably very difficult to write a straight-ahead, universal love song, and these three are great.

SONNY & THE SUNSETS advance stream Talent Night at the Ashram.

CARL BARAT & THE JACKALS advance stream Let It Reign.

HORSE FEATHERS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE TOP 10 ROMANTIC SONGS picked by NPR listeners, who seem to be influenced by movies.

WIRE drops “Joust & Jostle” ahead of a self-titled LP, and it's terrific.

THE OPPOSING VIEW:  Ever Fallen In Love? Love Stinks. Love Hurts. Love Will Tear Us Apart. Only Love Can Break Your Heart. And don't forget to give me back my black t-shirt (nsfw)!

DAVID JOHANSEN talks to Brooklyn Vegan about his current run as Buster Poindecter, his own history growing up surrounded by music and when listeners can expect to see The New York Dolls again.

GRIZZLY BEAR is annotating their catalog at Genius. 

STEELY DAN & ELVIS COSTELLO are touring together. Yes, really.

THE FALL: Ranked by Stereogum.

DANNY McCULLOCH, bassis for Eric Burdon & The Animals (1966-68) has passed at 69 from heart failure. NME has a great tribute from his family.

NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases include Fifty Shades of Grey, which is currently scoring 37 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Kingsman: The Secret Service, which is scoring 75 percent.  Look for the former to dominate (no pun intended), somewhere around 90-100 million.

BRUCE JENNER: Photos of the fatal car crash could create legal problems for him.

PIECE BROSNAN watched as part of his Malibu home burned in a fire.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN remains on life support, her breathing aided by a ventilator, and she has not regained consciousness since she was admitted to the hospital.

AMY PASCAL broke her silence on the Sony hack, The Interview, her firing, etc.

DAVID CARR, a writer who wriggled away from the demon of drug addiction to become an unlikely name-brand media columnist at The New York Times, and the star of a documentary about the newspaper, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 58.

BOB SIMON. the longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent and legendary CBS News foreign reporter died suddenly Thursday night in a car accident in New York City.

SPECTRE released some behind the scenes promo footage.

ALOHA: The latest from Cameron Crowe has a trailer online.

UKRAINE: The 13-point agreement to end the war in Ukraine reached after 16 hours of negotiations in Minsk, Belarus, is no less precarious than previous cease-fire deals.

YEMENI rebels seized U.S. Embassy vehicles in the capital of Sanaa on Wednesday as diplomats fled the country and several foreign embassies closed amid deteriorating security conditions.

NIGERIA: Thousands of civilians fled their homes in the southeastern Niger town of Diffa this week, officials said on Thursday, following waves of cross-border raids and suicide bombings by Nigerian militant group Boko Haram.

AFGHANISTAN: The Obama administration is considering slowing its planned withdrawal from Afghanistan for the second time, according to U.S. officials, a sign of the significant security challenges that remain despite an end to the U.S. and NATO combat mission there.

A BABY PIG and a Little Girl.

A RATTLESNAKE knocked out a National Weather Service radar site in North Central Texas.  I think we all know it was a squirrel plan.

A 100-YEAR-OLD CROCODILE has died of overeating after worshippers repeatedly threw it sacrificial goats and chickens.

SHEEP and BADGERS may become WiFi hotspots in rural Britain.

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North Highlands, Divers, Grooms, The Amazing, 173-lb Pitbull   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ROOMRUNNER's video for "Karn" is Bill, Ted...and maybe the Power Rangers? With a dash of old skool Japanese monster movies.

NORTH HIGHLANDS posthumously streams their self-titled sophomore LP.

DIVERS advance stream Hello Hello.

GROOMS advance stream Comb The Feelings Through Your Hair.

THE AMAZING advance streams Picture You.

LED ZEPPELIN drops "Brandy & Coke," which you may know as "Trampled Under Foot."

KATHRYN CALDER drops “Take A Little Time” ahead of her self-titled third LP.

JOANNA GRUESOME drops "Last Year," ahead of Peanut Butter.

PAUL COLLINS & PETER CASE, formerly of The Nerves, play "Hanging On The Telephone" in-store

RICK NIELSEN shows of a few axes at his guitar shop on Reverb. (Thx, Juanito.)

PHOSPHORESCENT: Matthew Houck talks to Paste about playing with his band, the concept of a live album and the way ceremony played into these live performances.

ST VINCENT: Annie Clark celebrates her Grammy win at SPIN.

POWER POP: Ten of the Best.

KANYE WEST continues his backpedal from his Grammy interruption of Beck. Sort of.  Next thing you know, he'll announce he wants to work with Taylor Swift. Oh, wait...he just did.

BRUCE JENNER had a blood alcohol level of 0.00 at the time of the accident that left another dead.

ANNA FARIS talks to Redbook about being married to Chris Pratt, motherhood, etc.

SUGE KNIGHT now has a video of the entire parking lot altercation that resulted in a man's death — and sources connected to Suge tell us it shows someone holding a gun and pointing it ominously at Suge, and that person is Cle “Bone” Sloan.

UMA THURMAN's makeup artist says it's all paint, not surgery or Botox.  Either way, she could play Joni Mitchell.

THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. has a trailer online. Is it possible that Guy Ritchie hasn't screwed this up?

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: Happy 204th birthday to the 16th President of the United States. Even if you saw the Spielberg biopic, here are two things you may not have known about Honest Abe: (1) he was an early adopter of the telegraph; and (2) he once sported a punky haircut

AUSTRALIA:  Two men were charged on Wednesday with planning to launch an imminent terrorist attack in Australia, after police seized a homemade flag associated with the Islamic State, a machete and a hunting knife in a counterterrorism raid.

YEMEN: United States Special Forces personnel will continue to operate in Yemen conducting training missions with Yemeni forces, as well as retaining the ability to conduct counter-terrorism operations should they be needed, despite the suspension of U.S. embassy operations within the country.

SYRIA & IRAQ: Foreign fighters are streaming into Syria and Iraq in unprecedented numbers to join the Islamic State or other extremist groups, including at least 3400 from Western nations among 20000 from around the world, U.S. intelligence officials say in an updated estimate of a top terrorism concern.  The  new "immigrants" fighting the infidels end up as cannon fodder, while the more prestigious organizational jobs and less-risky defensive assignments go to Syrian and Iraqi Arabs.


A CROATIAN DOG is legally forbidden to bark.

"JUDAS CAMELS" wearing tracking technology could help curb the number of feral camels in central Australia.

THE BULL whose semen is worth thousands.

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